Winslow, Don. The Gentleman’s Hour.

NY: Simon & Schuser, 2009

This is the direct sequel to The Dawn Patrol, set just a few months later, and all the members of the Dawn Patrol have a role to play. But this time, the plot involves a couple of guys from the Gentleman’s Hour, which is “the second shift on the daily surfing clock.” After the younger guys have left for their regular jobs, the rest of the morning’s waves belong to the older veterans.


Winslow, Don. The Dawn Patrol.

NY: Knopf, 2008.

I stumbled on The Winter of Frankie Machine a couple months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I went looking for Winslow’s other work, all of which appears to be set in and around san Diego. But that’s fine with me because my paternal grandparents lived in Pacific Beach (refugees from Iowa winters) from the early ’20s on and my Dad grew up there. I lived in Mission Beach for awhile myself in the early ’50s, flying kites on the sand half a block from my house in the steady offshore breeze.


Kirby, Jessi. Things We Know by Heart.

NY: HarperCollins, 2015.

This is a new author for me, and this is not her first book, but I’m impressed with both her style and her ability to construct an unusual but convincing plot. The focus is Quinn Sullivan, now seventeen, whose life on the Southern California coast seemed perfect until her boyfriend of three years was killed. She thought she’d be spending all the rest of her life with Trent, but now it’s Day 400 since he died, and Quinn still can’t get her life back.


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